Camp Tamakwa’s White Cap Swim Assessment enables us to properly assess each camper’s comfort and ease in the water, as well as to evaluate their swim level for instructional swim periods.  We are not looking for speed or refined strokes.  Passing this assessment allows our campers to participate in all of camp’s water activities, including canoe trips.  This is all done in a non-stressful, very “campy” way for the kids.  For those who don’t get their “white cap” after their first attempt, one on one instruction is provided and, usually, we become an entire white cap camp in short order.

The following information regarding this assessment is provided to help parents, especially of younger campers, prepare their campers in advance of camp:

SWIMMING
-swim 3 times around the inside of the boxed-in pool area (*)
-equivalent to approximately ten (10) x 25m lengths at most community centre pools
-1st box – any front stroke
-2nd box – any back stroke
-3rd box – any stroke they choose

(*) for the first lap of the swim test, campers wear a loose fitting long-sleeve shirt, sweatpants, and a lifejacket, and after some help removing all three items at the end of their first lap, campers continue with the rest of their swim assessment

H.E.L.P. POSITION
-wearing a life jacket, swimmers float on their back with their knees pulled up to their chest for 1 minute

TREADING WATER
-tread water for 3 minutes

JUST A REMINDER

PLEASE BE SURE YOUR CAMPER’S LIFE JACKET IS:

-GOVERNMENT APPROVED
-FITS PROPERLY
-IN GOOD CONDITION
(not faded or torn and with all buckles, zippers, and straps intact)